Monthly Bot Challenge: May 2016


The theme for the May 2016 challenge, sponsored by NYPL Labs, was PUBLIC DOMAIN!

NYPL‘s recent public domain release makes for a perfect source material for this challenge 🙂

NYPL Digital Collections contains hi-res images, metadata, and tools facilitating digital creation and reuse.

The release represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves.

Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website now find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users benefit from updates to the Library’s collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL’s GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds.

Here are the relevant links, again:

Here is a list of Twitter bots that use NYPL’s collections API that served as an inspiration. And here are some other useful resources:


The winner of the 2016 May Monthly Bot Challenge was Hugo with @snippet_jpg. Congratulations!

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